Psychological Review

Psychological Review is a scientific journal that publishes articles on psychological theory. It was founded by Princeton University psychologist James Mark Baldwin and Columbia University psychologist James McKeen Cattell in 1894 as a publication vehicle for psychologists not connected with the Clark laboratory of G. Stanley Hall (who often published in Hall's American Journal of Psychology). Psychological Review soon became the most prominent and influential psychology journal in North America, publishing important articles by William James, John Dewey, James Rowland Angell, and many others.[1][2]

Psychological Review
Edited byKeith J. Holyoak
Publication details
6.266 (2018)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Psychol. Rev.
ISSN0033-295X (print)
1939-1471 (web)
OCLC no.1318836


In the early years of the 20th century, Baldwin purchased Cattell's interest in the journal, but was forced to sell the journal to Howard Warren in 1908 when scandal forced him out of his professorship at Johns Hopkins (where he had moved in 1903). Editorship of the journal fell to Baldwin's newly hired young colleague John B. Watson, who used the journal to advance his school of behaviorism. Psychological Review was eventually sold by Warren to the American Psychological Association, which has owned it ever since.

Editors of Psychological Review, 1894–2016 (Associate Editors, 1894–1994)[3]

1894–1903James McKeen Cattell (Columbia College) & James Mark Baldwin (Princeton University)
1904–1908James Mark Baldwin (Johns Hopkins University) & Howard C. Warren (Princeton University)
1909James Mark Baldwin, Howard C. Warren, and John B. Watson (Johns Hopkins University)
1910–1915John B. Watson
1916–1933Howard C. Warren
1934–1948Herbert S. Langfield (Princeton University)
1949–1953Caroll C. Pratt (Princeton University)
1954–1958Theodore M. Newcomb (University of Michigan)
1959–1964Richard L. Solomon (Harvard University)
1965–1970Charles N. Cofer (Pennsylvania State University)
1971–1976George Mandler (University of California, San Diego)

Associate Editor: Jean Mandler (University of California, San Diego)

1977–1982William K. Estes (Rockefeller University)
1983–1988Martin L. Hoffman (New York University)

Associate Editor: Murray Glanzer (New York University)

1989–1994Walter Kintsch (University of Colorado)

Associate Editors: Charles M. Judd (University of Colorado) and John T. Cacioppo (Ohio State University)

1995–2000Robert A. Bjork (University of California, Los Angeles)
2001–2003Walter Mischel (Columbia University)
2004–2010Keith Rayner (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
2011–2015John R. Anderson (Carnegie Mellon University)
since 2016Keith J. Holyoak (University of California, Los Angeles)


Psychological Review's mission has changed somewhat over the decades. Originally it was a journal of general psychology. With the rise of a wide variety of other psychology journals, it gradually came to focus on psychological theory.

According to its website,

Psychological Review publishes articles that make important theoretical contributions to any area of scientific psychology. Preference is given to papers that advance theory, but systematic evaluation of alternative theories in a given domain will also be considered for publication. Papers devoted to surveys of the literature, problems of method and design, or reports of empirical findings are not appropriate.[4]

It is one of psychology's most prestigious journals, according to the Journal Citation Reports having a 2017 impact factor of 7.230 which makes Psychological Review the #6 journal out of 135 in the category "Psychology, Multidisciplinary",[5]


  1. Green, C. D.; Feinerer, I.; Burman, J. T. (2015). "Searching for the structure of early American psychology: Networking Psychological Review, 1894–1908". History of Psychology. 18 (1): 15–31. doi:10.1037/a0038406. PMID 25664883.
  2. Green, C. D.; Feinerer, I.; Burman, J. T. (2015). "Searching for the structure of early American psychology: Networking Psychological Review, 1909–1923". History of Psychology. 18 (2): 196–204. doi:10.1037/a0039013. PMID 26120920.
  3. Kintsch, Walter; Cacioppo, John T. (1994). "Introduction to the 100th Anniversary Issue of the Psychological Review". Psychological Review. 101 (2): 195–199. doi:10.1037/0033-295x.101.2.195.
  4. "Psychological Review". American Psychological Association. July 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  5. "Journals Ranked by Impact: Psychology, Multidisciplinary". 2017 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2018.
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